Fabric Building Materials
Legacy uses two types of architectural fabric: polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to build our tension membrane buildings. Both types of fabric are designed to last for decades while providing ample translucency to allow users to take advantage of natural sunlight. PE and PVC fabric are available in a variety of weights and colors.
ExxoTec™ is a premium PVC fabric with significantly better strength and performance characteristics – available at a highly competitive price. ExxoTec™ fabric is exclusive to Legacy Building Solutions and available in 27 oz. ExxoTec™ Elite and 19 oz. ExxoTec™ Pro.
PVC fabric is heavier and offers superior tear strength. Because of its extreme durability, it’s not uncommon for PVC fabric to last 25 years or longer. The primary disadvantage of PVC is its higher cost. It may also offer less translucency.
PE fabric is lighter and more cost-effective than PVC, with longevity of up to 20 years. Translucency can be as high as 9-percent, and the material tends to clean itself very well during rainstorms.
Properly finishing fabric around doorways, openings and at the bottom of a fabric structure is critical to fabric longevity and building appearance. Each ripstop fabric panel is kedered for the best attachment and longest fabric life. The keder system keeps the fabric out of contact with the steel frame, prolonging the life of the fabric. The patented attachment system and quality workmanship provide the highest-quality attachment in any environment.
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